19 years ago today, a little album called Nevermind was released in the United States by a band called Nirvana. Very very VERY quickly, the album soared up the Billboard record charts and knocked Michael Jackson’s Thriller out of #1 position.
It was the watershed moment where punk hit the mainstream. The products of an underground network of musicians, venues, record labels and fans that had been building throughout the 1980s was suddenly moved from the periphery to the forefront of American culture. And the rest, as they say, is history (and an important part of my MA thesis, which I’ll get around to writing one of these days).